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Speak up for Animals

korean-animal-welfareANYONE who thinks Theosophy is only about abstract metaphysics, invisible worlds or mystical hierarchies, might want to think again.

The old theosophical teachings, referred to as the “Wisdom Religion,” counsels an active altruism and love for all beings in Nature.

Theosophists are very concerned and serious about protecting Mother Earth with all her creatures great and small.

“Help Nature,” Blavatsky wrote in her translation of The Book of the Golden Precepts, “and work on with her.”

“Real Theosophy is Altruism,” Mme. Blavatsky wrote in her heroic article Our Cycle and the Next, adding:

“and we cannot repeat it too often— it is brotherly love, mutual help, unswerving devotion to Truth.”

Practically applied, Theosophy is about respecting all the billions of sentient, non-human entities, minerals, animals, and plants that surround and support our existence, many of whom are being used and abused by humankind, sacred resources thoughtlessly sacrificed to the god Mammon.

In her 19th century re-presentation of Theosophy, H. P. Blavatsky was not at all abstract when it came to standing up for the planet when she wrote “help Nature and work on with her,” and she was especially critical of what she witnessed as widespread animal abuse and cruelty in her time.

Though not a strict vegan, Mme. Blavatsky was in sync with today’s new age ideas and unreservedly supported the healthful practices and spiritual values of a non-meat diet. (See Article: Have Animals Souls?)

Blavatsky’s radicalism reveals itself in her six-point “mission statement” in The Secret Doctrine, especially point number five in which she declared that “everything in the Universe, throughout all its kingdoms is conscious:

… endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception.”

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Olivia Bouler, Nature Lover

To appreciate the deeper truth of this occult fundamental requires an innocence of heart, usually a child’s — as in “become like little children,”(Matthew 18:3-4.)

Unlike adults, young children don’t mince words just to win approval. What they see is what they say. To become true planetary partners, therefore, an adult must (Book of the Golden Precepts,) “regain the child-state he has lost.”

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